Was pretty shocked today when I jumped over to NLL.com to check out the boxscore of the Rock game. Opening splash page was hawking a new video game - NLL10.
Based on the screenshots it looks decent -- certiainly nothing blowaway. But it really makes me wonder whether there is something bigger at work that's keeping the CFL from having their own game. Here are the 'top-of-my-head' facts:
- The NLL has doled out and retracted franchises like Blackjack dealer over the past 10 years.
- Currently, they are in 11 markets, sort of. (About 3,200 took in a playoff game in Everett, Washington.)
- They play a 16 game schedule -- not unlike our 18.
- They average, generously, in and around 10,000 a game. Much unlike the CFL's 29,000.
- The CFL has TV coverage that the NLL could only dream about.
Based on the loose math, I can't for the life of me figure out how they can pull this off and we can't. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy Lacrosse and love seeing their successes. But, for the last 3 years or so, the NLL hasn't exactly been riding much momentum.
I don't mean to open up the previous threads that have been dedicated to this, I just wanted to point out that a league that seems to be a fraction of the size of the CFL is doing what CFL fans have been frantically calling for for a long time now.